Chairperson, Maxine Gross “I grew up and was educated here in Prince George’s County, Maryland beginning at Lakeland Elementary School. I hold an undergraduate degree form the University of Maryland, College Park and a master’s degree from Bowie State University. I am committed to LCHP’s mission, to preserve Lakeland’s story in the words of Lakeland’s people.”
Vice Chairperson, George Randall “My homestead is in Lakeland. I am a graduate of Prince George’s County Schools and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Mount Saint Mary’s University.”
Secretary, Mary Corbin Sies is a faculty member in the Department of American Studies at the University of Maryland. Her scholarship focuses on the history of suburbia in the U.S., community studies, and the history of the built environment. She has been working with LCHP since 2009 and her students have worked collaboratively with Lakeland residents to complete several community engaged projects about Lakeland heritage.
Treasurer, Myron Gray is a member of the Lakeland diaspora. He grew up in Lakeland and now makes his home in North Carolina.
Thank you to our LCHP members and our sponsors City of College, Maryland and to our partners, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, College Park Arts Exchange, University of Maryland Office of Community Engagement.
This Saturday, September 22 is the Great Lakeland Parade and Picnic. Our parade will feature the Marching Band of Fairmont Heights High School. Stepping of from College Park Community Center at noon the parade will continue on Pierce Avenue take 54th Avenue then travel along Lakeland Road. It will then pass Lakeland Park on Rhode Island Avenue and conclude back at College Park Community Center.
The center of activity on Saturday will be Lakeland Park at the corner of Lakeland Road and Rhode Island Avenue. Not only will that be the site of the parade viewing stand but you will also find great food for sale and live music. Lakeland’s own Chang Band will play. Our vendor will have chicken boxes, hamburgers and hot dogs for purchase. Buy your meal or bring one along with you. The parade starts at noon. Just come on out, make yourself at home and enjoy.
The Lomax Sisters will be featured guests for our benefit concert on Sunday, September 23 at 3:00 PM. Come join us at Washington Brazilian Seventh Day Adventist Church (Lakeland School Site) at 8108 54th Avenue, College Park, Maryland for an easy afternoon out to benefit Lakeland Community Heritage Project. Also performing that afternoon will be United Praise, J’Nyah Malone, Eleanor Francine Traynham , Angie Taylor-Bass and Abigail Cohen.
The cost is just $10 a person. Help us continue the work of preserving and sharing our heritage. For tickets contact George Randall at 301-655-9153
Introducing our artists:
The Lomax Sisters are celebrating their 50th year singing together. They started off as young girls in their home church, Queens Chapel United Methodist Church in the Murikirk community of Beltsville. Their gifts have taken them to recording studios and the Kennedy Center stage.
J’Nyah Malone is reigning International Junior Miss Maryland Junior Teen. She is the granddaughter of Janet Randall Gillens and great granddaughter of Mrs. Agnes Randall.
Eleanor Francine Traynham has been singing since the tender age of 3 when her Father James (Curtis) Thomas started her off singing at North Brentwood AME Church. Eighty years later she is still going strong.
Angie Bass a Lakeland resident and a Seniors on Stage Vocal Showcase winner. She has performed in a variety of venues including numerous churches and community centers.
Abigail Cohen is a member of the Chosen Generation Choir of Embry AME Church in Lakeland. Currently she is in her senior year as a vocal music student at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C.
Due to the expected impact of hurricane Florence the Great Lakeland Parade and Picnic along with the craft workshop has been postponed. The new event date is Saturday, September 22. Start times will be unchanged. The parade will be at noon with participants due at the staging area by 11:00.
Please be cautious and be safe during the storm.
For many years Fairmont Height High School served Lakeland residents. In honor of that legacy the Fairmont Heights High School Marching Band will be our special guests at the Great Lakeland Parade on Saturday, September
15, 22 2018. Event Postponed due to expected bad weather.
Stepping off at noon from College Park Community Center the route will continue along Pierce Avenue passing the viewing stand at Lakeland Park. Be there to witness the parade or be in the parade. Come march or ride your special vehicle as part of an organization, group, family or as an individual. Just call Mr. Randall at 301-655-9153 to let us know you are coming.
With the Parade Day Craft Workshop you can get ready and be in the Great Lakeland Parade on Saturday. September
15, 22, 2018. Register HERE for a casual, hands on crafting time from 8 am to 11:30 and be in the parade stepping off at noon. Help will be provided by representatives of the College Park Arts Exchange. Ages 3 and up are welcome but children under age 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. You can bring along your bicycle, wagon to decorate for use in the parade. The place is College Park Community Center. 5051 Pierce Avenue, College Park, MD 20740. Remember the parade starts at noon.